About Take Your Pick
Take Your Pick was a game show originally broadcast by Radio Luxembourg in the early 1950s. The show transferred to television in 1955 with the launch of ITV, where it continued until 1968. As it was the first game show broadcast on commercial television in the UK, it was also by default the first British game show to offer cash prizes. The programme was later revived from February 1992 to August 1998.
If contestants got through the 'Yes-No Interlude', in which they were required to answer a series of questions without using the words 'yes' or 'no' or be gonged off the stage, they would then have to answer questions to win modest monetary prizes and at the climax of the show had to decide whether to 'take the money' or 'open the box'.
The box could contain good prizes such as holidays or a washing machine but could also contain booby prizes such as a mousetrap or a bag of sweets.